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Rio Ferdinand Gets FA Appointment; discusses return to United


Former England captain, Rio Ferdinand, has been appointed as the English Football Association’s lead ambassador for Euro 2020.

Ferdinand also disclosed that he is open to the technical director’s job at his former club, Manchester United.

United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is said to be prepared to work with a technical director to “split responsibilities”.

Ferdinand, 40, and former team-mate, Darren Fletcher, have reportedly been interviewed by the club.

“It depends on the shape of the job,” Ferdinand was quoted as saying about the United job.

The former centre-back, who made 455 appearances during his 12 years at United, added:

“In that kind of role, the responsibility that comes with that, you can’t lie and say that that’s not a turn-on.

“All the boxes would have to be ticked before considering something like that. You are helping to shape the fortunes of a club of that stature. That’s a huge job.”

The former United skipper, who had 81 caps for the Three Lions, said it was “an honour” after the FA announced him as their Euro 2020 ambassador, with one year to go until the cross-continent tournament begins.

The former Leeds United player has called on the country men to be involved as volunteers and supporters, as ticket sales officially opened on Wednesday.

Wembley is set to host seven games, including both semi-finals and the final, as the European Championship’s 60th edition would be played in 12 European cities.

Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, Munich, St Petersburg and Rome will all host matches, alongside London.

Wembley, which will welcome senior football international tournament for the first time since 1996, will also host three group matches and one last-16 tie, with England set to play group-stage games in London should they qualify.

Gareth Southgate’s team top Euro 2020 qualifying Group A, having won their opening matches against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

The opening game at Euro 2020 will be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on June 12, while the final would be played at Wembley on July 12.


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